How to Create a 360/VR Virtual Crane Shot + 360° Wormholes and Little Planets | Mantra VR > Stretcher

How to Create a 360/VR Virtual Crane Shot + 360° Wormholes and Little Planets | Mantra VR > Stretcher

The Stretcher Effect from Mantra VR is a simple, yet powerful effect to be used in 360/VR post-production. Stretcher lets you easily create 360° Little Planet and Wormhole effects, transforming and interpolating your 360 footage, all keyframeable. Stretcher is also great to lightly to adjust the ‘height’ of your field of view with a “Virtual Crane”, to focus the viewers attention and add dramatic movement in Post to certain parts of your 360 video. Charles Yeager demonstrates all this in the tutorial below.

Mantra VR is a comprehensive set of 360/VR effects for After Effects and Premiere Pro. It includes 16 stylization and practical effects that you can apply directly onto your 360° footage. Mantra VR is the next step in 360/VR production. It’s from the creators of SkyBox Suite, which has been acquired and integrated into Adobe CC 2018.

Mantra VR | Stretcher Tutorial

Effects > Mettle > Mantra VR Stretcher

Lightly adjusting the Strength creates a height effect.

Flattening the ground part of this 360° footage creates a Little Planet effect.

Stretching the ground and flattening the sky will do the opposite, creating a Wormhole effect.

Mantra VR.

360/VR Stylization + FX for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

A set of 16 filters with practical and artistic effects, with a Node Panel, Audio Reactivity and Globe Preview Panel


Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. See his portfolio at

Charles is the author of numerous tutorials on 360/VR video production in After Effects and Premier Pro. You can find them in the tutorial sections on the Mettle website.

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